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Fire Department: 2015 87th Cadet Class

The 2015 87th Cadet Class for the Albuquerque Fire Department comprises 41 cadets, including six military veterans.

Albuquerque, N.M. - Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey is proud to announce that the 87th Cadet Class is underway. This class will be AFD's second largest cadet class ever. The class of forty-one (41) includes thirty-eight (38) males and three (3) females. The 18-week Cadet Program started Aug. 10, 2015. Chief Downey and his selection committee have proudly accepted six (6) military veterans into the class as well.

"Our Cadet Program is one of the best in the country due to our rigorous hiring and selection process and highly committed instructors", said Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey. "Our goal is to produce the best Firefighter/EMTs so when they hit the streets, they are ready to respond professionally and skillfully to our citizens."

About the Albuquerque Fire Academy

The Albuquerque Fire Academy Cadet training program follows a paramilitary command structure and consists of daily rigorous structured physical training and instruction. The program provides cadets with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to serve as a firefighter and EMT. The Cadet Training Program exceeds NFPA requirements for Firefighter 1 and 2 certification. The expectations are high enough so that each cadet will have to commit to maintaining optimal physical and mental health while keeping a GPA of 80 percent or above.

Image of cadets from the 87th Albuquerque Fire Academy running.